In this exhibition, the Trade Ministry is seeking to increase exports to (Japan's) surrounding countries
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Trade Ministry is promoting Indonesian fishery products at the 25th Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo (JISTE) in Tokyo, Japan, from August 23–25.

Director General of National Export Development at the ministry Didi Sumedi said in a statement received here on Thursday that Indonesia's participation in the exhibition is aimed at maintaining the value of the country's fishery product exports, especially to the Japanese market and surrounding countries.

"Japan is one of the main export destinations for Indonesian fishery products. In this exhibition, the Trade Ministry is seeking to increase exports to (Japan's) surrounding countries," he explained.

Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, John Tjahjanto Boestami, said that Japan has a large market for fishery products.

Given the huge size of the market, Indonesia must continue to increase the volume of its exports to Japan, he added.

The total import value of fishery products into Japan has reached US$11.6 billion, he said.

"This is supported by Indonesian fishery products that are fresh, diverse, abundant, and very much liked by Japanese consumers. Hence, participating in this exhibition is important to maintain the Indonesian fisheries export market in Japan," Boestami added.

Indonesia's stand at the exhibition is showcasing 11 fisheries business actors from Papua, Sulawesi, Java, Bali, and Sumatra.

It is exhibiting flagship products that are the Japanese market's favorites, like shrimp, crab, tuna fillets, fresh tuna, canned fish products, squid, and a variety of processed fish as well as seafood products.

In the January–June 2023 period, the export value of Indonesian fishery products was recorded at US$227 million, an increase from US$225.5 million the previous year.

Meanwhile, the export value of Indonesian fishery products to Japan was pegged at US$519.1 million in 2022.

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Translator: Maria C, Kenzu
Editor: Sri Haryati
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